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Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal

FICCI Frames: Piyush Goyal expresses concern over 'unregulated' OTT platforms

  • At valedictory session of FICCI Frames, Commerce Minister says content on OTT platforms 'is sometimes objectionable, contains misinformation, portrays poorly our country and society, and is just not worth watching with family'
  • Goyal calls for developing Indian film and advertisement industries to become major global players

The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that the Indian film and advertising industries have the potential and talent to be global players.

He said this while addressing the valedictory session of FICCI Frames through virtual means.

He said these industries can churn out quality products, win awards, and invite more investment and capital in the industry.

Goyal said that India should become the global leader in the content development. Talking about the restrictive practices and roadblocks created by certain countries for the Indian film industry, the Minister said that this is not acceptable, and India will reciprocate in similar manner, if such issues are brought to the notice of the Government. "Goyal said that single-window clearances for various permission for film shooting in the country, simplification of processes, online clearances, implementation of e-governance are genuine demands of the industry which need early consideration," the Ministry of Commerce & Industry said in a release.

Goyal also expressed concern "at the unregulated OTT platforms, where the content is sometimes objectionable, contains misinformation, portrays poorly our country and society, and is just not worth watching with family".

Goyal lauded the role of the Indian Cinema for its contribution in fight against Covid-19, and playing an important role in spreading the awareness about various health precautions. He said that film industry, which is a symbol of Indian soft power, has been contemporary, and reflects the aspiration of the young Indians. He said that 1.35 billion people of the country have the aspiration and big appetite for entertainment, and the film industry has always been rising to the occasion. He said that India is proud of its cinema, and would like to engage with the world from the position of strength.

Goyal exhorted everyone to prepare for the opportunities in the post-coronavirus world, which is going to see new ways of working and living.

“We have to engage with the new world order, and adapt to the new. Film industry, as well as the Entertainment sector has been greatly affected by the pandemic, and it is all the more important that there is reimagining of how the activities are to be conducted in the future", he said. The minister said that with the process of unlocking, the Indian economy is showing remarkable comeback, and the entertainment industry will also soon show revival.

Goyal said that about 25 lakh people are connected to the film industry, directly or indirectly. He called upon the industry to take proper care of all the stakeholders, and take welfare measures for the lowly paid employees of the industry so that everyone, associated with the industry, lives a respectable life.

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